A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Deeper Life (Transcript)

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“Those two chains bind the whole human race: Loves and fears. We love something and can’t get it, but we love something and we’re afraid we’re going to lose it. So we’re bound with that chain.”

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Aiden Wilson Tozer – Christian Pastor, Preacher, Author

The deeper life — what is it and how can I enter into it?

I really haven’t a text, but I have been reading this verse in chapter 6 of Hebrews.

Hebrews 6:1-2: “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

‘Let us go on under perfection’ has been a sort of an overall text.

Then I have also shown from 1 Corinthians 3 and other passages of Scripture, that one of the great problems, even of the early church, was that of the static Christian. It is one of the great problems today. I think it is a problem even greater than that of getting people converted.

The problem of the static Christian: how to get a Christian interested in becoming more than an average run-of-the-mill type of believer that you see everywhere, and so many of us become static or are static. The static Christian is one who’s retarded in his progress.

Paul said, “What did hinder you? You did run well…” (Galatians 5:7), but now you are hindered. And thus the progress is stunted, and retarded, and the growth is stunted. And then there’s the lack of moral dynamic which every Christian ought to know.

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Now this is the static Christian, and I believe that if we will listen, we will hear God speaking. “He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:22)

And I believe that if we hear what the Spirit says in our day, we will hear God say, “Moses, My servant is dead. Therefore arise, go over this Jordan, and into the land which I have given to you. Every place the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given you.” (Joshua 1:1-3)

I believe we’ll hear the Spirit God say, ‘let us go on under perfection’. Let us go on beyond repentance from past sins. Let us go on beyond forgiveness and cleansing from past sins. Let us go on beyond the impartation of divine life. Let’s be sure, however, that we get these first things settled first to the point of absolute assurance.

There can be no deeper life until there has been life. There can be no progress in the way until we are in the way. There can be no growth until there has been birth. And all the efforts toward a deeper life will only bring disappointment, unless we have first settled the matter of repentance from dead works and the forgiveness of sins and the impartation of divine life in conversion.

But now, to break down the deeper life, I want briefly to mention that it’s two things, as I shall say today — it’s more than that, but two I want to mention today.

One is a complete forsaking of the world, and the other is a turning wholly to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, that’s not only my opinion of it, but that is what the Bible teaches about it. And that is the standard formula that has come down to us from the very early days of the church.

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